Sarah El Khoury, M2
During my studies, I conducted several research internships, mainly based on ecotoxicology and Ant’s entomological and ecological questions. The social ants world touched me so deeply that I fell in love with bees, wonderful pollinators.
I am currently a PhD candidate at Université Laval where I recently joined the laboratory of Pr. Nicolas Derome in March 2015. My research focuses in understanding the dynamics of the interaction between the honey bee (Apis mellifera) and its diversified microbiota. My main objective is to select endogenous probiotics that would mitigate synergistic effects between pesticide exposure (of the class of Neonicotinoids) and various honey bee opportunistic pathogens in a agro-environmental context.
So, more investigations are required in order to fully assess the mechanisms by which probiotics modulate the immune system of honey bees.
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